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How to Choose the Right House Painter: An Interview with Bob Droog of The Dutch Home Painter

By Bob Droog

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

The Dutch home painter is a full service painting company. We mostly concentrate on doing exterior work but in the winter time we also do a lot of interior painting as the weather is not optimal for out side work.

Due to the weather changes in North Carolina with it's extreme heat in the summer and the cold and wet winter season exterior trim work and siding have a lot to endure. The Dutch home painters offers expertise and skilled craftsmen to repair rotten wood and siding and will also take the necessary steps to prevent future decay.

Can you briefly talk about some of the key qualifications that a skilled painter should have?

Painting is a skill that most any person has what sets a great painter apart from just any body is the dedication to a perfect result. This means that he will scrape loose paint, repair holes and decaying wood and pay attention to every detail. there should be no holes in the surface to prevent any water from coming in. Choice of materials is also crucial for a good result, there are many different types of paints on the market. a good painter knows what type of paint to use for different projects.

What are some good questions that you recommend asking a potential painter or painting company?

If you plan on changing colors ask your painter to make some test strips. Colors my look different on your house than they do in the paint store. ask about the different sheen's for different applications. make sure your painter uses the best paint. materials are only a relative small portion of the total cost of the project but using good paint may prolong the time between painting and will be cost saving in the long run.

What are the biggest challenges that homeowners run into before finding and hiring the right painter?

As a home owner make sure you talk the project through in detail. If details are being left out you may find yourself in a situation where after you receive your initial cost estimate additional cost may spring up that can turn a low bid in an unexpected expensive project.

Should painters offer any type of guarantee? What would it typically cover?

A painting company should offer a warranty on their work, this can vary by the project but never pay the contractor the full contract price upfront. this way you have some leverage if a contractor is not living up to your expectations. Walk the job from time to time and ask questions if you have them. at the very least ask for a one year warranty on work performed. Painting is still human work but a contractor should stand behind his work if something goes wrong and come back in a reasonable quick time to remedy any mistakes.

Do you have any advice on what people want to stay away from and what they should do if they are unhappy with some aspect of the painting job?

Home owners should not be blinded by cheap prices, It is with painting a house as it is with most things in life, you are alway going to get what you pay for. It is important to have good communication with the contractor. Having the contractor checking on the progress on the job or working on it helps this relationship.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

If people have any questions for me or are interested in getting a free estimate they can contact me by e-mail at astgra@gmail.com or by calling me at (919) 627-4281. they can also go on my website www.thedutchhomepainter.com and fill out the contact form and I will contact them back as soon as I can.

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